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Nothing beats a free show outside on a pleasant summer night. Second time catching the band and you can listen to the WYEP interview session they recorded earlier in the day here. More photos here.

Sean Rowe is a NY based singer songwriter who recently released his album “Magic” on ANTI-. He’s been compared to Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan and just finished opening up for Josh Ritter. He is also a naturalist and has a cool wilderness survivalist blog here. He kicked off WYEP’s summer concert series Final Fridays in Oakland this past week. It was cool to see his merch table which consisted of a box of CDs and a big ‘ole bottle of wine. Nice. More photos here.




So either file this under the category ‘it was inevitable’ or the one I prefer, ‘what took so long?’. The good folks at WYEP contacted me to help cover their annual music bash in Oakland. What’s funny is that I am usually photographing 90% of their events and was going anyway, so it was a no brainer. The weather was perfect and the line-up, although a little obscure, ended up surprising me. It seemed that almost everyone was there to see Sarah, which made sense since she arrived in the biggest bus. Nicole played as a stripped down trio, which she sounded great but didn’t bring enough of the rock to justify closing the night. The Boogie Hustlers were good but in the unenviable position of starting the night. Then there was Joshua James. I never heard of the guy and was on the 27th floor of the Catherdral when he started, but man was he good. Not only was he the best performer, he was the nicest to his fans. I say it over and over again, musicians should fall over going out of their way for fans. Loyalty goes on forever in the music biz. More of my photos here on WYEP’s Flickr page.




I also want to give a shout out to fellow photog John Altdorfer. He was also asked by YEP to supply photos of the event. He has been really helpful and informative to me over the last year or so and to me, supporting each other is what it’s all about.

The above image was obviously not taken by me since I am in it. I added it to comment on how many times I spot myself in other people’s pictures at events. When I shoot, I try to be as discreet as possible but sometimes (especially at outdoor events) it’s impossible.

Nothing better than to get outside on a beautiful night with the family and enjoy live local music. Tonight, the usually mellow band was, dare I say it…ROCKING!?! Seriously, they brought some fire to Emily’s tunes. Very nice.

This was my fifth time seeing Tony and Erik since 2005. I arrived late and Erik saw me at the side of the stage and exclaimed, “I knew you would be here!” Miss my boys from the north in Pittsburgh? Never, man. They seem to have gotten quite a little following since the ‘early days’. It’s nice to see a band you love get the recognition they deserve. I also witnessed something I thought I would never see at one of their shows…people dancing? Crazy world. More photos here.




Sam and his band definitely know how to rock out! It was great to see many enthusiastic people for them. I guess he is getting a burgeoning base here thanks to WYEP’s heavy pimping. My only question is why did the guys hide on their bus all evening until show time, when I am sure they could have picked up some new fans if they would’ve mingled a bit at the merch table or something? Rock stars. Whatcha gonna do?

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, this band blends zydeco, blues, rock, bluegrass, and folk into an enjoyably safe party groove. They opened with a killer version of Dylan’s ‘It’s All Right, Ma’ that more than any other tune in the set showcased lead singer Sarah Dugas’ vocal chops. More photos here.




I am not too familiar with Dar but she sure did have a bunch of enthusiastic fans present. It seemed that most of them left after her set. She definately drew the biggest crowd of the night as you can tell by the shot taken from the 23rd floor of the Cathedral of Learning.

Another great set from the boys, this time blasting out in Oakland. Backing up Dar Williams was rough and rag-tag but really fun.

This was my second time seeing Jennifer play. She is very good but nothing really stopped me dead in my tracks during the set. I should familiarize myself with her recorded stuff because as I said she was good.

As many times as I feature this band (a whopping 53 posts and counting!) I should rename this blog DonoraShowsRedux. I think it’s warranted for how good they are. I plan on seeing them again this upcoming Thursday at YEP for CP Remixed. You should too